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Ida Jolly Crawley

 (1867 - 1946)
Ida Jolly Crawley was active/lived in North Carolina, District Of Columbia, Tennessee.  Ida Crawley is known for landscape, large scale female figurative painting.

Ida Jolly Crawley

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Ida Jolly Crawley (1867-1946) was born in Pond Creek, Tennessee. In addition to being an artist, she was also a writer, lecturer, and amateur anthropologist. She founded the Crawley Museum of Art and Archaeology in her home on Park Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina.

She studied at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D.C. and in Germany and Paris. In 1904 exhibited her work at the Appalachian Exposition in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she won a gold medal. She painted landscapes, large canvases with women in spider webs, and was considered a skillful copier of European masters.

Submitted February 2005 by Laura Crockett, Fine Arts Specialist, Brunk Auctions. She credits the staff members of Brunk Auctions.

Biography from The Johnson Collection
Relatively little is known about the life and career of Ida Jolly Crawley. Born in Pond Creek, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Captain John Fred and Martha Phillips Crawley. After studying at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D.C., she traveled throughout Europe and her oeuvre includes many continental subjects. Several of her paintings were exhibited in the 1910 Appalachian Expositions held in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In 1919, Crawley purchased a large residence in the city of Asheville, North Carolina. She established the home as the “Ida Jolly Crawley Museum of Art and Archaeology,” though it was also known as the “House of Pan.” There, Crawley exhibited her extensive collection of artifacts and artworks, including “antique furniture, Pompeian pottery and lava, Dead Sea water [and] botanical and geological specimens.”

The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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About  Ida Jolly Crawley

Born:  1867 - Pond Creek, Tennessee
Died:   1946
Known for:  landscape, large scale female figurative painting